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Product Details

  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611940052
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611940053
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,495,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Harrowing... I was drawn in by Margaret's strength. Kudos to the author for bringing Margaret's story to life.
--Historical Novels Review, Editor's Choice

"Moving account of one woman's perseverance ... amazing storytelling..." 
-- RT Book Reviews

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Thank you for visiting my Amazon Author page! I am the author of the award-winning novel All Different Kinds of Free and am a professional freelance writer. My creative nonfiction and reporting have been published in Business Week, Phoenix, Raising Arizona Kids and ASU Research magazines, among others.

Reading and writing historical fiction is my passion, though I'm also drawn to memoirs, contemporary fiction, nonfiction, literary classics -- anything with a compelling story. I love connecting and talking books with other readers and writers on my website, Facebook and Twitter. Hope to see you there!

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The writing and the story are amazing.
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There is a great new voice in historical fiction, and it is Jessica McCann.
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This book was a really good book, it makes you laugh and cry!
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Erika Robuck on March 31, 2011
Format: Paperback
ADKF is the story of how the comfortable life of free woman of color, Margaret Morgan, is irrevocably altered when the widow of her former owner sends a bounty hunter to reclaim her and her children as property to be sent to auction. What follows is a series of horrific events that crush and destroy a family, but never the spirit of the courageous, honorable, and remarkable Margaret.

I had never heard Margaret Morgan's story or the landmark case of Prigg vs. Pennsylvania that contributed to the rumblings leading up to the Civil War. I've also never before read such detailed, heart-rending accounts of slave auctions or injustice against free people of color in the nineteenth century. McCann perfectly balances history and story, and her cast of characters is unforgettable.

There is a great new voice in historical fiction, and it is Jessica McCann.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Shawna on April 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
I went and picked up my copy of "All Different Kinds of Free" last week. Didn't get to open it until over the weekend, I think Friday. And didn't get to put it down until this evening, after I'd read cover to cover, lived the story, cried during the auction, and ended with a commingled sense of disgust and helplessness about what our world had done - and indeed continues to on smaller scales in the seedier corners of society.

The image Jessica created about Margaret's younger boy being chained up with a collar and having to trot alongside the horse to keep up - his first ever experience of mistreatment at the hands of another individual, and that's how it went, with no one to guide him and gently break him in.

I watched a movie years ago called "Amistad." True story. Starred Matthew McConaughey. The visual impact of a line of about 12 slaves on a ship chained together at the ankles, chained even to a horse/mule, and when they needed to cut weight, they slapped that mule on the butt and it went overboard - taking all those people up by their ankles and over the side with it. It was the most disturbing thing I'd seen to that point and it stuck with me for weeks.

There are many passages in Jessica's book that will stick with me that way. Particularly the scene where she so vividly describes the auctioning of Margaret's children, and then her, and her daughter standing up for her, and the feelings she had watching her sons get carried off... amazing. I was taken into Margaret's head and I felt what she might have felt like, and I couldn't handle it. I cried when I read that. Honest. To. God, I blubbered.

Jessica's book is a keeper.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By ruthjoec on April 20, 2011
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If you are a regular reader, you know my taste in literature tends toward escapist--light, fluffy and feel-good. This book is anything but light, fluffy and feel-good. The ending is hopeful, but not artificially happy. It is the story of the evil of slavery through the eyes of a woman born free, a woman whose life, while not luxurious, was happy and prosperous. It is the story of a women who would not allow her soul to be enslaved.

All Different Kinds Of Free is a beautifully written book I do not hesitate to recommend, unless you are looking for a light, happy, feel-good read. Grade: A.

I'd like to thank the author for making a review copy available via NetGalley.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Lim on July 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
Historical fiction based on the true case of Margaret Morgan, a free black woman in Pennsylvania, who, together with her children, were abducted by a bounty hunter and sold into slavery in Maryland.

Pennsylvania in the 1830s had a Personal Liberty Law which demanded that bounty hunters show proof of ownership before they were allowed to take Negros from the state back to the states and owners where they were accused of running away from.

Prigg vs Pennsylvania turned into a landmark case which went all the way to the US Supreme Court and started the fiery debates across state lines about state rights. This eventually led to the Civil War.

While the court case ran in the background, the main story is about Margaret and her children. 2 of her sons were sold at the auction to 2 different owners while she and her daughter were sold together. The story tells of her resilience and that of her young daughter as they tried to cope with abuse, hunger and the relinquishing of any personal rights they had to their new Master.

I thought the imagery was powerful, but the writing felt a little choppy at times.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sandra K. Stiles on June 16, 2011
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I love history. I am always amazed when an author can bring something new to the table to make me say, "wait a minute, I didn't know anything about this piece of history". It is this type of work that sends me to my computer to research the actual historical event. So it is with this book. I was unaware of the court case that was one of the biggest things to lead up to the Civil War. The author took a court case from 1842 and built her story around it. This is the story of Margaret Morgan who was a free woman, married to a free man. She lived in Pennsylvania. One day she and her children are kidnapped from their home and sold into slavery. The men who kidnapped them was tried and found guilty. However, they appealed it to the Supreme Court. The decision made by that court set the wheels of the Civil War in motion. Through the telling of this story we experience with Margaret the selling of her children and the other atrocities she must endure. We also watch her cling to her faith letting them know that it is the one thing they cannot possess. I will definitely recommend this to all of the history teachers I work with and to all history buffs.
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